Claim: Power companies are fining customers for keeping their holiday lights up too long.
Origins: The holiday season of 2003-2004 saw the usual festive practices of gift-giving, caroling, worshiping, and getting
together with relatives and friends, but it also proved to be the season of making merry in a different fashion — by pranking.
Two communities thousands of miles apart were subjected to the same holiday
There was no such ban — it was all a hoax perpetrated by folks at
PNM was less than amused by the whole thing. “Here’s the truth: we have adequate supplies of power to meet customer needs, and there is no ban on holiday lights,” said Frederick Bermudez, PNM director of Corporate Communications.
KOB-FM can’t even be credited with originality,
because a week earlier the same gag had been kited in Rochester, New York. Some Rochester-area radio stations broadcast a story that homeowners could be fined for keeping their holidays lights on past
This same gag was also perpetrated by a local radio station crew in yet another part of the country (Atlanta); that prank was on the web as a faux “Lights Out Georgia” site, but the site has since disappeared.
Barbara “light amusement” Mikkelson
Last updated: 30 July 2007